Heriot-Watt University, Universiti Teknologi in Malaysia, the Dearman Engine Company and Green Data Centre LLP have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Institution of Chemical Engineers (ICemE) awards.

The project was a partnership effort which aimed to cut energy consumption in the rapidly growing global Data Centre Sector by changing the way they are cooled. The team from Heriot-Watt’s Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) used the ground-breaking Dearman engine which uniquely harness liquid nitrogen to deliver zero-emission power and cooling.

The project could see energy consumption reduce by 50%. Currently, there are around eight million private and commercial data centres globally, with the digital world predicted to grow 44 times between 2009 and 2020. Over half the electricity consumed by these centres is for cooling.

Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director of Heriot-Watt’s for RCCS, said, “This is great recognition for our project and we’ve all been celebrating reaching the final of these prestigious awards.” He continued, “There were over 240 entries from over 21 different countries, so we’re thrilled to have made it through to the shortlist.”

“Our multidisciplinary project really is something special in that it addresses sustainability as well as creating new market opportunities for green data centres worldwide,” he added.

Scott Mac Meekin, CEO at Dearman said, “On behalf of all the partners involved, we are thrilled to have made it to the finals of this global award. This is an important project because by 2030, without intervention, data centres will consume 10% of global electricity.” He continued, “Now in its 23rd year, the IChemE Global Awards is widely recognised as the world’s most prestigious chemical engineering awards ceremony.”

Winners from each category will be revealed on 2nd November 2017.

The Dearman engine

The Dearman engine

Source: Dearman